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General U2 Discussion / Re: Are u2 forums dying a death?
« Last post by wons on October 19, 2018, 01:12:29 PM »
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With u2 being one of my most fave subjects on the planet, i do so love to discuss all things u2 with other fans. But, i cant help notice how dead the u2 forums i frequent have become, even during Tour time (which is worrying)
Judging by the lack of new posts every day, it seems that the interest in the band is no longer there. Without a doubt, those that run this site shot themselves in the foot last year, by trying to punish the fans, by withdrawing the forum. That has really backfired big time.
For the record, i am a member fo 4 u2 fanpages/forums. The two main websites i visit are worryingly quiet, one website i rarely venture into these days and the Group on Facebook seems to be way more popular

1. There have been some people over the past years that have stated that all message board forums took a bit of hit when Facebook became popular.

2. Roughly 80% of U2 fans IN THE UNITED STATES are currently between the ages of 41-55. Most millennial generation fans that were picked up with the bands renewed popularity during the 00s have moved on. A lot of people in the 41-55 category are more busy with work and family life than they were 10 or 20 years ago.

3. Older fans passion about talking about their favorite band on a message board may have waned a bit as the years have gone by.

4. The novalty and fun of talking about your favorite band on an internet message board has long sense worn off.

5. The band has not had a popular hit song/album to bring in new fans and generate new interest from large segments of the population since at least 2009 maybe 2005 depending on ones perception of the popularity of the No Line On The Horizon album.

6. The Core fanbase is starting to dwindle each year as new fans are not being brought in, in significant numbers to replace older fans that have moved on.

7. To the best of my knowledge, the ATU2 site has always had a much lower volume of traffic compared to interference.com, although not as low as the bands main site U2.com.

8. ATU2 did take a bit of hit when the forum when offline for a few months in 2017, but not much.


So all of these things are contributing factors. The bands popularity is gradually decreasing and they have not had a hit album recognized by the larger overall public in a while. The core fanbase is aging and often pre-occupied probably with other things. Many fans may have switched their online discussion from message boards to facebook.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: How should U2 end it all?
« Last post by JohnMegadeth on October 19, 2018, 11:04:40 AM »
December 6, 2045: U2 3D is finally released on DVD, Blu-ray, and UltraMaxxHD Cerebral Streaming
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General U2 Discussion / Re: Are u2 forums dying a death?
« Last post by laoghaire on October 19, 2018, 10:50:57 AM »
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I'm new, as you can obviously see on the side with my profile.  I don't belong to any other forums, so maybe I'm not the best source of information.  But, it seems to me this forum is dead quiet.  I visit it daily (multiple times) and there is hardly any activity.  And I've noticed the activity seems to come from the same small group of people. I may be wrong about that though.  I've no idea on the theories for this that are noted on this thread but it really does seem to be either dying or dead.  Which sucks...
Exactly. Nail on the head there. atu2 forum used to have its quiet spells before it shut down the forum, but nothing as quiet as it permanently is now. Im sad about it. As i say, I love talking about all things u2. This site used to meet all my needs....till one year ago. Now, I struggle to feed my habit lol

Here's something to confirm what you and I are saying.  At the top of the forum page there is a link titled "Members" where you can view the Member List.  There are 272 pages listed with 50 members per page.  According to my trusty little calculator that extrapolates to 13,600 members.  So, where the heck are these 13,600 members.  The activity on this forum represents a tiny fraction of that total.  Numbers don't lie.

To be fair, that's true with even the most hopping forums. The active members are a minority. The bulk of users just posted once, or are lurkers. Some are bots.

That's not to say this forum isn't shrinking a lot, though.
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The Music and Lyrics / Re: Best version of 40?
« Last post by rockatansky on October 19, 2018, 10:46:15 AM »
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I loved the performances of the song from War Tour up to and including The Joshua Tree tour. Thats when i feel the song was performed the best

I agree.  That's when they had the best energy behind 40.  The newer versions are good but the emotion of those early days, when 40 was still a "raw" song, take it to its highest level.  That's why I love that Tempe version.  It's cool to listen to the crowd carrying on the song - "how long to sing this song" way after the band has left the stage.  You can feel the energy and emotion through the crowd. Powerful stuff!
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The Music and Lyrics / Re: Best version of 40?
« Last post by Smee on October 19, 2018, 10:39:09 AM »
I loved the performances of the song from War Tour up to and including The Joshua Tree tour. Thats when i feel the song was performed the best
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General U2 Discussion / Re: How should U2 end it all?
« Last post by 64ac30 on October 19, 2018, 10:37:53 AM »
They’ll do one last show in Dublin. 40. Larry becomes a full time actor, edge retires. Adam retires. Bono still operates one and red, and sticking his head in politics. U2.com gradually raises their prices and the gift get worse with time
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General U2 Discussion / Re: Are u2 forums dying a death?
« Last post by 64ac30 on October 19, 2018, 10:36:50 AM »
Seems to me most people on here joined for the sake of “how do I get a ticket?” And most old membership left.
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The Music and Lyrics / Re: Best version of 40?
« Last post by rockatansky on October 19, 2018, 10:34:30 AM »
lol!  ;D
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E+I Tour Venue/City Information / Re: 19th October - Manchester
« Last post by laoghaire on October 19, 2018, 10:33:42 AM »
My heart is with you all tonight.
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The Music and Lyrics / Re: Best version of 40?
« Last post by laoghaire on October 19, 2018, 10:28:50 AM »
<sob> I can't take the pressure!! <wails>

Nah, I just didn't have time yet to look more. Will do so off and on over the next few days. I will definitely report if I figure it out. I don't even recall where I heard/saw the snippet itself.
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